Lace Up: Frye’s Making Communities Healthier 5k Scheduled For Saturday, Sept. 22

August 30, 2018

Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC), in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports Hickory, is hosting the Making Communities Healthier 5k walk/run and one-mile fun run on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. in downtown Hickory at Frye’s campus. This year’s event again benefits the Backpack Program of Catawba County, which provides food each week during the school year to 10,000 local children who are food insecure.

Over the years, the race has grown in popularity and has become a tradition for lots of families, local schools, church groups and businesses. In addition to the proceeds benefitting the Backpack Program, the top three Catawba County schools with the most participants will receive supplies for their nurses’ stations.

“Our 5k is a great community event that attracts a mix of serious runners and running clubs, families who bring their kids to start their weekend off with a healthy activity, and individuals walking their first 5k,” said Gar Atchison, Frye Regional CEO and race participant. “As a health system, we look for ways to encourage physical activity and health in our community, and it’s a bonus that we are able to give back through this event to help hungry children in our schools.”

The 5k cost is $20 in advance and online race registration is open through midnight on Thursday, Sept. 20, at . On Friday, Sept. 21, registration is available at Fleet Feet Sports Hickory and limited on-site registration is available on race day. Offline registration is $25. The one-mile fun run is $10 (advance) and $15 (on-site), respectively.

Proceeds from the 2017 race allowed Frye to make a $2,500 donation to the Backpack Program of Catawba County and work with local Lowe’s Foods stores and the store’s customers to donate a box truck filled with food.


About Frye Regional Medical Center

A part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Frye Regional Medical Center has served the health and medical needs of the residents of the Catawba Valley region since 1911 with a commitment to delivering high quality and compassionate care with a focus on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. Frye Regional Medical Center includes a 355-bed acute care hospital, home to the Frye Heart Center, Cancer Center, General and Bariatric Surgery, Emergency Services, Advanced Orthopedics, Neurosciences, Women's Birthing Center and Inpatient

Rehabilitation. The system also includes the Frye South Campus, an inpatient adult behavioral health treatment center designed to provide therapeutic stabilization. Frye Regional also offers the region access to more than 70 primary care and specialty care providers through the FryeCare Physicians Network.